How to Use Your Telescope

Jill M. Rohrbach

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area offers a program at 6:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 11 titled “So, You Have a New Telescope! Now What?”  This workshop is made for me and my family because we have a new telescope and don’t really know what to do with it – other than point it up and look into it, of course. But just where to point and what we’re looking for – that’s another matter.

The Friday night program will aid beginners in astronomy in understanding their new equipment. Topics covered will be basics of telescope set up; how to use your telescope; basic night sky information and navigation; techniques of focusing on terrestrial and celestial objects; and, telescope maintenance.

Instruction will take place indoor. It will be followed by night sky viewing, weather permitting. The high on Friday is predicted to be in the upper 30s, so you’ll want to bundle up tight for the outdoor portion. Participants are also being asked to put a red balloon or red cloth over their flashlights during the star gazing portion. And you should bring your own telescope. The cost is free.

The program takes place at the park visitor center, located on U.S. 12 just east of the U.S. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.  Call 479-789-5000 for details. Visit or for more information about this park and scheduled events.



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